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Kitten won't stop licking me! Help!

post #1 of 12
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Hi guys

I'm hoping someone here will have some advice or creative ideas on how to solve a problem I'm having with my newest kitten. She was rescued from a tree at work, and when it was decided that she's homeless I volunteered to adopt her. She's sweet, loving, feisty, and just adorable, except... she won't stop licking me! I'm not talking the occasional affectionate lick (I've had cats for eons) but rather that, especially if it's nighttime and she's cuddled up with me in bed, she aggressively licks any part of my skin she can get to.

It's driving me CRAZY! Last night I finally put her in the laundry room at 3:00 in the morning after fighting off the licking since I went to bed at 10:00. I don't mind her sleeping with me -- she's very cuddly and purrs a lot, but I can't take the persistent licking. It hurts, too, because she does it so much that it feels like a carpet burn.

I think she wasn't totally weaned when we found her. Perhaps this is the problem? At any rate, what can I do?! It's very annoying!
post #2 of 12
She most likely was weaned way too early from her mother. Your overly affectionate kitten really loves you, which is great, but I can understand where it can really hurt. (My kitten kneads me at night for hours)

Bitter Apple spray would make you taste bad to her, but I don't know if you really want to go to bed like that. Maybe try to tire her out before bed so she just falls asleep for the night? Or get her a little stuffed toy when she starts to lick you and maybe she'll transfer the action to that?

What's your kitten's name? I felt bad just typing 'she.' lol
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Oh, sorry, her name is Bronte, as in Charlotte.

Those are good suggestions, about the stuffed toy and also about tiring her out. I think the licking is worse when she's feeling playful, because Sunday night she wasn't feeling well and we slept much better together!
Hmm. I might be willing to smell like bitter apples if it'll keep her from licking me. Where do you find it?
post #4 of 12
I too rescued a kitten who was weaned too early and he also licks a lot. I know what you mean about it hurting. He's aggressive about it. I had to start pushing him away from me when he would do it much like a mother cat weaning a kitten. It worked but it took some time and I lost several nights of sleep too! He'd pin me down and lick my face. Anyway, he's about a year to a year and a half now and he's given up the licking for the most part. It does get better!
post #5 of 12
I'm sure if you go to a Petsmart/Petco type place they should carry it. If you just do a google search for "bitter apple spray for cats" a bunch of places come up.

How did things go last night? .... and I love her name by the way. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books.
post #6 of 12
I know you probably don't want to hear this but I just had to get this out...that is just tooo flippin cute!!

Okay sorry. I know it's annoying The only other thing I can think of to do is to wear long sleeves and long pants to bed, and socks. Of course, then she might just lick you face...maybe there is a lotion or cream that she wouldn't like, but wouldn't be as harsh (for you to sleep in) as the sour apple?
post #7 of 12
when I first brought home my rescue kitten Smidge....she licked me to the point I lost many layers of skin! Once she felt more secure it lessened quite a bit...she still does it on occasion when she's in the mood. She was a loving cat but had been without love for a long time (or ever) so I think that is where her enthusiasm came from.

I really think it is part of the suck up phase when we bring home a new cat.

Love the name! and thank you for bringing her into your home!
post #8 of 12
Did Bronte ever stop licking you? Walter, our new kitten--also a stray rescue-- grooms me every morning.... EARLY,!! Any skin he can find, particularly hands and face. Doesn't touch my husband! Was sweet and loving initially, now I just am frustrated!
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by crazycatgirly View Post

Hi guys

I'm hoping someone here will have some advice or creative ideas on how to solve a problem I'm having with my newest kitten. She was rescued from a tree at work, and when it was decided that she's homeless I volunteered to adopt her. She's sweet, loving, feisty, and just adorable, except... she won't stop licking me! I'm not talking the occasional affectionate lick (I've had cats for eons) but rather that, especially if it's nighttime and she's cuddled up with me in bed, she aggressively licks any part of my skin she can get to.

It's driving me CRAZY! Last night I finally put her in the laundry room at 3:00 in the morning after fighting off the licking since I went to bed at 10:00. I don't mind her sleeping with me -- she's very cuddly and purrs a lot, but I can't take the persistent licking. It hurts, too, because she does it so much that it feels like a carpet burn.

I think she wasn't totally weaned when we found her. Perhaps this is the problem? At any rate, what can I do?! It's very annoying!


I am having the same issue!!! Whitney is 5 months now and she was found at 6 weeks in a parking lot and brought to a shelter and foster human mom. She lived with her siblings till I took her home at 10 weeks. She does lick once or twice in the daytime hours say during play or a cuddle but at night she is ALL over my face with her tongue. I turn my head and she just follows. If I hide under the covers she gets even more aggressive.  Her bowls are full and litter box clean and this only happens in the middle of the night! I don't want her licking moisturizer!

post #10 of 12

My girls do this too. I just push them away and after a few tries they give up. They can be REALLY persistent sometimes though!

 

Mine were weaned too early (6 weeks) and I have always attributed their behaviour to that 

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Wjburkett View Post

Did Bronte ever stop licking you? Walter, our new kitten--also a stray rescue-- grooms me every morning.... EARLY,!! Any skin he can find, particularly hands and face. Doesn't touch my husband! Was sweet and loving initially, now I just am frustrated!


Welcome to TCS Wjburkett!  This thread is a bit old; I'm not sure if the original poster is active here at this time.  Please feel free to start a new thread and give us some more information.  Hopefully we can help you with your kitty over grooming you! :)

post #12 of 12

yeah i guess 3 of us being licked to death by our babies jumped on an old thread. OPPS At least we know we are not alone!

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